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Grand Rapids in 1856

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Grand Rapids School Furniture Employees

Grand Rapids School Furniture Employees


Several of the men are wearing bowler hats, a few sport straw boaters, and the rest are wearing caps. Even the four ladies in the second row, in their Gibson Girl blouses, are wearing hats. The photograph appears to have been taken outside the factory.


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TitleGrand Rapids School Furniture Employees
FormatPhotograph: Posted January 27, 2014

George M. Ross, grandfather of the donor, worked at American Seating Company for over 50 years. He is not in the photograph, but it was found in his belongings. On the back it states, "Grand Rapids School Furniture Company, now American Seating Company, 1892 or 1893. Picture taken before the depression really took effect." That refers to the 1893 Panic, which was very hard on the local furniture companies.

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Location In PhotoGrand Rapids, MI
CollectionSandy Spangler
Locationlocation on map

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